VIZ MEDIA CELEBRATES THE ICONIC POP CULTURE BRAND NARUTO AT LICENSING EXPO 2019
 
20th Anniversary Celebrations Start Fall 2019
 
San Francisco, CA, May 30, 2019 – VIZ Media brings the celebrated NARUTO brand to Las Vegas and Licensing Expo 2019. The beloved ninja action franchise made its debut in 1999 in a manga created by Masashi Kishimoto, revolutionized manga and anime, and continues to captivate millions of fans internationally. NARUTO marks its 20th anniversary in 2020, and VIZ Media kicks off celebrations starting this fall with programs across all categories launching through 2020.

The NARUTO brand family includes the original manga series (published by VIZ), together with the NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime series and feature films, as well as the latest manga & anime sequel, BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS. VIZ Media is the master licensor for all NARUTO brands in North America, Latin America and West Indies, encompassing digital streaming, TV broadcast, EST, home media and consumer product/merchandising rights for the anime and feature films.

Officially licensed partnerships for the NARUTO franchise include:
 
Bandai America: 6.5 inch articulated action figures
Bandai Namco Entertainment America: video game
Bioworld: apparel and accessories
Fanwraps: decals and stickers
Funko: collections of “POP!” and “Vinyl” figures
Good Smile Company: a collection of "Nendoroid" figures
Great Eastern: novelty accessories
Kura Sushi: Restaurant chain activation  
Just Funky: drinkware and accessories
Loyal Subjects: a collection of “Action Vinyls”
McFarlane Toys: ultra-articulation action figures
Party City: Halloween costumes
Pyramid: posters and stationaries
Ripple Junction: apparel and accessories
Spirit Halloween: Halloween costumes
Sprayground: backpacks 
Toynami: collection of statues
Trends International: posters
Traly: collection of enamel pins for Target
Uniqlo: apparel

Latin American partnerships for NARUTO include:
 
DeAgostini: partwork collections
Heredia Clothing, S.A. De CV: apparel
Rosstamp Confeccao e Estamparia Ltda AKA Piticas: apparel 
Festcolor Artigos De Festas Ltda: party goods, stickers

VIZ Media will be exhibiting at the Licensing Expo at booth R202; come visit and learn more about this epic franchise.

About NARUTO SHIPPUDEN & BORUTO: NARUTO: NEXT GENERATIONS
In the NARUTO manga and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN animated series, Naruto Uzumaki wants to be the best ninja in the land. He's done well so far, but Naruto knows he must train harder than ever and leaves his village for intense exercises that will push him to his limits.

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS is the action-packed continuations of the famed NARUTO manga and anime series and focuses on the adventures of the son of the celebrated ninja. As the new story opens, the life of the shinobi is beginning to change. Boruto Uzumaki, son of Seventh Hokage Naruto Uzumaki, has enrolled in the Ninja Academy to learn the ways of the ninja. Now, as a series of mysterious events unfolds, Boruto’s story is about to begin!

Additional information on NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN is available at viz.com/naruto. More details on BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS is available at viz.com/boruto.

About Licensing Expo
Licensing Expo is the world’s largest and most influential annual licensing industry event and takes place June 4th – 6th at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Details on the event are available at: www.licensingexpo.com. VIZ Media will be located in Booth # R202.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular SHONEN JUMP brand and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan's largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shogakukan Inc., Shueisha Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at viz.com.